Queiroga criticizes private health and asks for transparency after readjustment announcement

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The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said this Friday (27) that structural changes and more transparency are needed in private health in Brazil and criticized the readjustment announced on Thursday (26). The statement, given on his official Twitter profile, was made a day after the board of the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS) approved the 15.5% readjustment of individual and family plans for the period from May 2022 to April. of 2023. It is the biggest increase since the beginning of the historical series, in 2000.

“I reaffirm what I have been saying since I took over the Ministry of Health: structural changes are needed in the private sector, such as greater transparency, more efficiency and increased competition. Today, increases in monthly fees paid by Brazilians who hire health insurance are not necessarily associated with the quality of the service provided”, said the minister.

The percentage of readjustment of the health plans announced on Thursday is also the maximum that can be applied on top of the tuition reduced by the 2021 index.

“As long as measures such as the change in the care model and Open Health are not implemented, Brazilians will remain hostages to this inefficiency”, said the minister.

Open Health, already defended by Queiroga on other occasions, is a system similar to open banking created by the Central Bank, which allows for a broader sharing of customer data between financial institutions. In Queiroga’s view, the application of the same logic to the Health sector will allow greater knowledge about the use of the complementary system, which may lead to a reduction in public spending and fraud.

“The Ministry of Health is not only concerned with public health. That’s why last year we convened the National Supplementary Health Council [Consu] and, for the first time, we approved a public policy aimed at the sector. I will convene the council again to evaluate the results”, declared Queiroga.

readjustment

According to ANS, the adjustment will encompass about 8 million contracts, which represents 16.3% of consumers of health care plans in Brazil.

The agency’s decision will be published in the “Official Gazette” and the adjustment may be applied by the operator from the anniversary date of the contract, that is, in the month of contracting the plan.

The ANS explained that the calculation was based on the difference in healthcare expenses per beneficiary of individual health plans from one year to the next.

(Published by Carolina Farias, with information from Agência Brasil)



Source: CNN Brasil

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